Religious Education

High School Religious Education

The spiritual development of all students at St. Jude the Apostle  is encouraged and guided through a program of individual and group activities. Our theology curriculum, MASS, a dynamic SPIRITUS retreat program, expansive community service opportunities, immersion in sacramental life, and weekly prayer groups shape the faith experience. Our goal is to educate and engage your child-giving them the foundation to live their faith every day.

St. Jude's Religious Education program is aligned with the new guidelines set forth by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Areas of Study:

  • Jesus and the Scriptures
  • Who Is Jesus Christ?
  • The Mission of Jesus Christ (Pascal Mystery)
  • Jesus and the Church 
  • Morality 
  • Social Justice 
  • Sacraments

Please Note: most classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30pm but there are also a number opportunities to learn and serve that occur over the weekends and during Summer Vacation


Parish Library-Check It Out!

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Our St. Jude Parish Library is located at the Sacred Heart site just outside the Gymnasium.

It offers an ever-expanding inventory of life and ministry resources - books, DVDs, videos and CD's.  You will find Christian fiction, as well as non-fiction:  helps for Catholic Bible studies, small groups, leadership, Catholic/Christian living, marriage and the family, prayer and meditation, healing and restoration, death and heaven.  Items may be checked out on an honor system for three weeks at a time.

Hours of operation are M-Th 8am-4pm; Fridays 8am-2pm and Weekends by Appointment.  For more information contact Michele Spanbauer at the Parish Center 235-7412.

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is a slow, contemplative praying of the Scriptures. We can attend "with the ear of our hearts" to our own memories, listening for God's presence in the events of our lives. We experience Christ reaching out to us through our own experiences and memories as they connect with Scripture.

Praying Scripture

How to Practice Lectio Divina

  • Choose a text of the Scriptures that you wish to pray. Many Christians use in their daily lectio divina one of the readings from the eucharistic liturgy for the day (; others prefer to slowly work through a particular book of the Bible.
  • Place yourself in a comfortable position and allow yourself to become silent. Sometimes it helps to focus on breathing in order to relax. For some, the practice known as "centering prayer" makes a good, brief introduction to lectio divina. Use whatever method is best for you and allow yourself to enjoy silence for a few moments.
  • Lectio DivinaLectio (Read): Turn to the text and read it slowly, gently. Savor each portion of the reading, constantly listening for the "still, small voice" of a word or phrase that somehow says, "I am for you today." Which word or phrase does your mind keep coming back to? Which seems to resonate with something in your life today? In lectio divina, God does not reach out and grab us; rather, he gently invites us ever more deeply into his presence.
  • Meditatio (Reflect): Take the word or phrase into yourself. Read the text again with this word or phrase in mind. "Chew on it" and consider how it might apply to your life right now. Do not be afraid of distractions. These memories or thoughts are often connected to what God is saying to you through this Scripture.
  • Oratio (Respond): Speak to God. Whether you use words, ideas, or images--or all three--is not important. Talk to God about what you have discovered during your experience of meditation. Give to God what you have found within your heart, and pray in thanksgiving or in need for what you have discovered.
  • Contemplatio (Rest): Rest in God's embrace. This is a freeing of oneself from one's own thoughts, both mundane and holy, and hearing God talk to us. Open your mind, heart, and soul to the influence of
  • God. Learn to use words when words are helpful, and to let go of words when they no longer are necessary. Feel God's presence with you.

Sometimes in lectio divina, you may return several times to the printed text, either to savor the literary context of the word or phrase that God has given or to seek a new word or phrase to ponder. At other times, only a single word or phrase will fill the whole time set aside for lectio divina. It is not necessary to assess anxiously the quality of your lectio divina, as if you were "performing" or seeking some goal. Lectio divina has no goal other than that of being in the presence of God by praying the Scriptures. Some people find that journaling is a helpful way to focus the prayer of lectio divina.


Give it a try today with the Gospel Reading for this Sunday's Mass!

Faith Formation Volunteer Opportunities

A quote from the U.S. Bishops

This passage (Lk 24:13-35) offers us a model for our ministry and shows the need we all have for ongoing formation in faith. For in it we see two adult disciples who, encountering the risen Lord, grow stronger in love, knowledge, commitment, and zeal. As then, today, "Those who are already disciples of Jesus Christ. ..[need] to be constantly nourished by the word of God so that they may grow in their Christian life. Such lifelong formation is always needed and must be a priority in the Church's catechetical ministry; moreover, it must "be considered the chief form of catechesis. All the other forms, which are indeed always necessary, are in some way oriented to it." (Our Hearts Were Burning Within us - par. 12-13)

There are a variety of volunteer roles that need to be filled in order to best serve our parish in catechesis and faith formation.  Please take some time to look through the below list of volunteer roles and discern how you might be called to serve in this ministry.


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How to Pray the Rosary

praying the rosary

The Rosary is divided into five decades. Each decade represents a mystery or event in the life of Jesus. There are four sets of "Mysteries of the Rosary" (Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious). These four "Mysteries of the Rosary" therefore contain, a total of twenty mysteries. The Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries are then said on specific days of the week (see each set of mysteries below). During private recitation of the Rosary, each decade requires  meditation on a specific mystery. Public recitation of the Rosary (two or more people), requires a leader to announce each of the mysteries before the decade, and start each prayer (see "The Family Rosary" below).

The Apostle's Creed is said on the Crucifix; the Our Father is said on each of the Large Beads; the Hail Mary is said on each of the Small Beads; the Glory Be after the three Hail Mary's at the beginning of the Rosary, and after each decade of Small Beads. In June 13, 1917, Our Lady asked that an additional prayer be added after each decade of the Rosary (see prayers at the end of this document). It is a prayer of forgiveness to Jesus and is said following the Glory Be after each decade only.


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